Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors, scheduled on July 23, 2021, at 6:00 PM.
The San Miguel Beermen are trying to bounce back after losing their first game to the Meralco Bolts, who are still undefeated.
June Mar Fajardo, the six-time PBA Most Valuable Player, returned from injury, and league scoring leader CJ Perez made his San Miguel debut, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Beermen from losing their first game.
To make matters worse, San Miguel’s dynamic guard Terrence Romeo suffered a hyperextended knee in the NLEX game. He is set to miss his team’s next three games.
Romeo led the Beermen in scoring with 18 points before being injured, while Perez and Mo Tautua each added 17 points. Fajardo had five points and five rebounds in his first game back, playing 18 minutes.
“This is our first competitive game of the season and despite the result, I think we did well,” said Perez post-game.
“We had a good start but we could not sustain it. We hope to address that in our next game,” added Perez.
The Road Warriors, fresh from their triumph of Barangay Ginebra the last time around, are out to continue to torment the Beermen. NLEX guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena dragged the team to victory, scoring 20 and 19 points, respectively, to give Ginebra a cold reception.
The last time these two teams faced in the PBA bubble, NLEX defeated San Miguel by 34 points. Mike Miranda paced the Road Warriors with a career-high 22 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting night, as well as 7 rebounds.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.